Jeff Fisher: Refs goofed with Super Bowl no-call

By Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
Jeff Fisher said the Ravens should have been flagged on the 49ers' final offensive play in the Super Bowl. (US Presswire)

Perhaps a little NFC West loyalty is at play.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher says the Ravens' Jimmy Smith should have been called for pass interference on Michael Crabtree on the 49ers' final offensive play of Super Bowl XLVII.

“I think that's called. I think you want that called,” Fisher said on ESPN 101 in St. Louis. “I think that's a penalty.”

A flag would have given the 49ers first-and-goal with 1:50 left, trailing 34-29. San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh was incensed, though former NFL head of officials Mike Pereira said officials did the right thing by swallowing their whistles. You can watch the play here.

Fisher mainly addressed Rams topics in the interview.

He called new defensive coordinator Tim Walton an “excellent communicator” and a “technician.” He said he wants running back Steven Jackson to finish his career in St. Louis and for the team to re-sign wideout Danny Amendola, though Fisher earlier professed not to be concerned about the Amendola negotiations.

If they don't return, quarterback Sam Bradford would lose two big weapons. Fisher, however, seemed to suggest the offensive line is a bigger priority.

Bradford's play, Fisher said, “was directly affected by the people around him. There's times when it's difficult to step up in the pocket and make the good throw. That's not the quarterback's fault. That's whatever's going on out front.

"We're pleased with what Sam did. He's got an exciting future. I know he's really excited about coming back in here in April and getting started and not having to learn another offense.”

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